RIVER RADIO NEWS 013114

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JONESBORO POLICE OFFICER FOUND JUSTIFIED IN SHOOTING OF MAN ON JANUARY 9TH

 

A Jonesboro law enforcement officer has been found justified in his shooting and killing of a Keiser man earlier this month.

 

According to Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington, Jonesboro Police Corporal John Eidson was justified in shooting and killing 35 year old Michael Ware on January 9th.

 

Ware had reportedly opened fire on Eidson at a Jonesboro mobile home park causing Eidson to return fire.

 

 

GIDEON MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGE

 

A Gideon man was taken into custody Thursday night on DWI and drug charges.

 

According to an arrest report from the Highway Patrol, 43 year old James A. Bowler was arrested in New Madrid County late Thursday night.

 

Bowler has been charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, prescription medication; and felony driving while intoxicated, drugs and alcohol.

 

 

HOWARDVILLE MAN FACING MULTIPLE FELONY CHARGES

 

A man was taken into custody last night in New Madrid County on multiple felony charges.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 35 year old Marquis L. Pratcher, of Howardville, is facing felony charges of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia; and tampering with physical evidence.

 

RAID LEADS TO ARREST OF TWO IN LAWRENCE COUNTY

 

Two men have been arrested following the raid of a house in Northeast Arkansas by multiple law enforcement agencies.

 

According to authorities, cash, weapons, paraphernalia, and almost 80 grams of meth were reportedly found during the raid Tuesday in Walnut Ridge.

 

60 year old Stephen Williams and 23 year old Ryun Blansett were each arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

INDEPENDENCE COUNTY WOMAN ARRESTED FOR POSING AS A SCHOOL NURSE

 

Federal prosecutors say a woman wanted for posing as a nurse at a Searcy elementary school has been arrested and will face a seven-count indictment.

 

Authorities learned in July 2012 that Susan Elaine Boyce, of Pleasant Plains, Arkansas, who had worked as a nurse at Sidney Deener Elementary School, did not have a nursing license.

 

The 59-year-old Boyce faces a variety of charges, including wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and misuse of a Social Security number.

 

 

TEENAGER ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY MAKING FALSE ACCUSATION

 

An East Prairie teenager has been charged with making a false report.

 

According to a report from KFVS, 19 year old Todd Michael Achter allegedly confessed to his involvement in a 2011 burglary where two four wheelers were stolen. Achter also reportedly implicated an individual from New Madrid in the crime.

 

The individual was charged as an accessory, however further investigations later cleared the man.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF HIGH SCHOOL THEATER DEPARTMENT HONORED

 

Poplar Bluff High School Thespian Troupe No. 4379 was among 32 schools in the state to receive the Honor Troupe Award at the Missouri State Thespian Conference that took place in St. Louis earlier this month.

 

Criteria included participation at conferences, state and local involvement, and community service.

 

The International Thespian Society is an honor organization for students in acting and technical theater. Drama teacher Jo Nell Seifert founded the PBHS chapter in 1989.

 

 

CHORAL SYMPHONIC CONCERT COMING TO THREE RIVERS

 

Three Rivers College will feature a Choral Symphonic concert next week.

 

The Three Rivers College Music Department will perform a free concert on Monday, February 4th at 7 pm. The concert will be held in the Tinnin Fine Arts Center with performances by the Collegiate Choir, the Swingsations, and the Three Rivers Symphonic Band.

 

This performance is a rescheduling of a concert planned for last December, which was cancelled due to inclement weather.

 

 

ST. LOUIS ZOO OPENS NEW WEBCAM FOR PENGUIN EXHIBIT

 

Fans of the penguins and puffins at the St. Louis Zoo can now watch them through a live webcam.

 

The zoo says that live streaming video will be posted from 9 am to 5 pm daily at www.stlzoo.org/PenguinCam. After 5 p.m., previously recorded footage will be shown.

 

The zoo’s Penguin & Puffin Coast is closed to the public during construction of the McDonnell Polar Bear Point next door, expected to open next year.

 

 

INITIAL APPROVAL GIVEN BILL THAT LIMITS POWER OF MISSOURI GOVERNOR

 

Missouri senators have given first-round approval to legislation aimed at curbing the governor’s executive powers to call special elections and fill positions in state government.

 

The Republican-controlled chamber began pushing for the legislation over concerns that Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon was trying to circumvent the Senate confirmation process.

 

Currently, two state agencies are led by temporary leaders. Permanent department directors chosen by the governor require Senate confirmation while acting leaders don’t.

 

The legislation would also force the governor to call a special election to fill vacant House and Senate seats within 30 days of a vacancy. There are four vacant seats currently in the Legislature.

 

The measure needs one more vote before moving to the House. It was the first bill debated by the Senate this year.

RIVER RADIO NEWS JANUARY 30, 2014

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POPLAR BLUFF MAN FACING ROBBERY CHARGES

 

A Poplar Bluff man has been charged with second degree robbery in connection to an armed robbery complaint.

 

According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, on January 23rd, 27 year old Ryan McVaugh reportedly entered the American Computer Center/Internet Café on North Westwood Boulevard, flourished a handgun, and removed approximately $700 cash from the register before fleeing the scene.

 

McVaugh was taken into custody following a foot pursuit on January 24th. He is being held on charges of second degree robbery and resisting arrest.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN ACCUSED OF ABUSING YOUNG GIRL

 

Sodomy charges have been filed against a local man.

 

According to the Daily American Republic, a complaint alleges that 31 year old Bruce Wayne Ross, of Poplar Bluff, had deviate sexual intercourse with a girl less than 12 years old in December.

 

Ross reportedly admitted to the allegations to authorities. He has been charged with first degree statutory sodomy.

 

 

MAN FACING UP TO 15 YEARS IN PRISON AFTER CONVICTION ON MOLESTATION CHARGE

 

A man faces up to 15 years in prison following his conviction in Cape Girardeau yesterday on a molestation charge.

 

37 year old Nicholas Goetz was found guilty of first degree molestation. The incident reportedly involved an 8 year old child.

 

Goetz’s sentencing is scheduled for February 24th.

 

 

TWO TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AFTER POLICE RECOVER STOLEN HANDGUN

 

Two men have been taken into custody following a reported car break in where property, including a gun, was taken.

 

Steele Chief of Police Billy Joe Stanfield, tells us that police received a report on January 28th of a vehicle that had been broken in to. A handgun and iPad were reportedly taken from the vehicle.

 

An officer later confronted two men who were found in possession of the stolen property. Both suspects, whose names have not been released, are charged with felony tampering with a motor vehicle, felony stealing and unlawful use of weapon.

 

 

TWO IOWA RESIDENTS CHARGED IN STEELE CAR WASH BURGLARY

 

Two Iowa residents have been charged following an alleged burglary at a Steele car wash.

 

According to the Steele Police Department, 32 year old Bryan Williams and 36 year old Jeremy Scheper were charged with felony second degree burglary following the incident on January 27th.

 

Further details about the alleged burglary have not been made available.

 

 

MAN CHARGED IN WEEKEND SHOOTING IN CAPE GIRARDEAU

 

One man has been charged in connection to a shooting incident at the Arena Building in Cape Girardeau this past weekend.

 

According to authorities, Deontae L. Petty is charged with armed criminal action and two counts of first degree assault. Petty has not been taken into custody.

 

According to Patrolman Darin Hickey with the Cape Girardeau Police Department, one of the victims was shot in the leg and has been released from the hospital, while another was shot in the chest and is in good condition.

 

 

STEELE MAN ACCUSED OF PASSING COUNTERFEIT MONEY

 

A Steele resident is facing charges after he allegedly passed counterfeit money at area businesses.

 

According to Steele Police Chief, Billy Joe Stanfield, police received reports from two businesses on January 27th of a man passing counterfeit bills. An investigation followed which resulted in the arrest of 73 year old Edmond Hatley.

 

Hatley reportedly had more counterfeit bills on him at the time of the arrest. A warrant was issued charging Hatley with three felony counts of forgery.

 

 

WINONA MAN FACING DRUG CHARGES FOLLOWING ARREST IN SHANNON COUNTY

 

A Winona man was arrested Wednesday night on a drug charge.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, 37 year old Clinton D. Barnes is facing felony charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

Barnes was arrested in Shannon County at 9 pm Wednesday.

 

 

TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER ISSUED AGAINST BUTLER COUNTY TRASH HAULER

 

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has obtained a temporary restraining order against a Butler County trash hauler in order to prevent further violations of Missouri’s Solid Waste Management Law.

 

The restraining order is against Michael Nichols and Nichols Disposal L.L.C..

 

According to the Attorney General’s allegations, Nichols operates a trash-hauling business that collects solid waste from households and businesses.

 

Koster’s office alleges that Nichols and his company illegally buried the trash they collected or left it in piles and containers spread across a tract of land Nichols owns, posing a threat to groundwater.

 

A court hearing has been set for February 5th.

 

 

HOUSE COMMITTEE ENDORSES EXTENDED WAITING PERIOD FOR ABORTIONS

 

Missouri women would have to wait 72 hours to have an abortion after initially seeing a doctor under legislation endorsed by a state House committee.

 

The bill endorsed by the House Health Care Policy Committee on Wednesday would align Missouri with Utah and South Dakota as the only states with 3-day waiting periods.

 

Missouri’s current waiting period is 24 hours. Supporters of the bill say a woman needs more time to make such a substantive decision. Opponents argue extending the waiting period poses a logistical barrier designed to push a woman further into pregnancy before an abortion and increases the risks.

 

The bill now heads to the House Rules Committee for further consideration.

 

 

ONLINE MAP PROVIDES INFORMATION ON HAZARDOUS WASTE SITES

 

A new online map could make it easier for people to find out details about scores of hazardous waste sites throughout Missouri.

 

The interactive map developed by the Department of Natural Resources puts the sites in several categories, from ones undergoing remediation to those that have already been cleaned up and are available for public use.

 

The website features summaries of past or current problems at the sites, as well as Internet links to more detailed documents.

 

Until recently, most information about Missouri’s hazardous waste sites was available only by reviewing paper documents.

 

The department said the new website marks its first use of Google’s mapping platform and is part of an effort to improve access to environmental information.

 

RIVER RADIO NEWS, JANUARY 29, 2014

 

CARUTHERSVILLE WOMAN FATALLY INJURED WHEN HIT BY TRUCK
A Caruthersville woman was fatally injured Monday night when she stepped into the path of a truck.

Authorities say 38 year old Amber C. Davis was killed when she ran onto Interstate 55 into the path of a semi truck being driven by 55 year old Terry L. Holden, of Horn Lake, Mississippi.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.
TRUMANN FIRE CHIEF DIES WHILE ON DUTY
The fire chief in Trumann, Arkansas died Tuesday after suffering a heart attack while fighting a fire at an area residence.

According to KAIT, 53 year old Rick Winkles died at around 6 pm Tuesday. He had been on the force for almost 28 years.

The residents of the home were able to escape from the fire safely; however the home is considered a total loss.
APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR THREE RIVERS LPN PROGRAM
Students wishing to join the Licensed Practical Nursing program at Three Rivers College in Kennett have been given some extra time to submit their application.

The deadline for applications has been pushed back a month to March 1st.

Potential applicants must hold a high school diploma or GED, and take the TEAS-V placement exam.

Applicants must also undergo an interview process. For more information, prospective students should contact the Nursing and Allied Health Center at Three Rivers by calling 573-840-9672.
HIGH SCHOOL ROBOTICS COMPETITION THIS WEEKEND IN CAPE GIRARDEAU
This week will see over forty high school teams in Cape Girardeau for a robotics competition.

The fifth annual FIRST Technology Challenge robotics competition will be held February 2nd at the Show Me Center. The competition will see teams placing their robots against each other with the goal of making it to the world championship in St. Louis.

Head to head matchups are scheduled to begin around noon. The event is free and open to the public.
MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE OFFERS TIPS FOR FILING YOUR TAXES
The IRS will begin processing individual tax returns this Friday and the Missouri Department of Revenue has some tips as taxpayers prepare their tax filing.

The Department of Revenue recommends that taxpayers file their returns as soon as they can. The sooner a tax return is filed, the sooner a refund will be issued.

Taxpayers should also file electronically or use electronic forms. Missouri tax forms for the 2013 tax year are available online at dor.mo.gov. If you have any questions, you can go online to the Department of Revenue website or call 573-751-3505.

The deadline for filing your taxes is April 15th.
SENATOR BLUNT’S MOBILE OFFICE TO MAKE STOP TODAY IN GREENVILLE
Senator Roy Blunt’s Mobile Office will be making a stop today in Greenville.

Mobile Offices are opportunities for Missourians to discuss their questions or concerns with the federal government one-on-one with members of Senator Blunt’s staff.

Staff members will be available in Greenville today at the Wayne County Courthouse. The event is scheduled for 2:30 to 3:30 pm.
HOUSE COMMITTEE DISCUSS ADDING LOANS TO BRIGHT FLIGHT SCHOLARSHIP
A Missouri House committee is considering legislation to offer additional financial assistance to persuade more top students to stay in the state after graduation day.

The legislation would add a forgivable loan of up to $5,000 per academic year to Missouri’s Bright Flight scholarship. Each year a student works in Missouri after school would count toward one year of loan forgiveness. Leaving before the loan is repaid would require repaying the loan with interest.

Republican House member Mike Thomson, of Maryville, says too many top Missouri students leave. Bright Flight scholarships are awarded based on ACT or SAT scores. The legislation was examined Tuesday by the House Higher Education Committee.

Governor Jay Nixon has proposed $17 million in next year’s budget for a Bright Flight loan program.
SENATE COMMITTEE HEARS TESTIMONY ON CELL PHONE TOWERS
After getting stymied in court, many telecommunications companies are supporting a new approach in the Missouri Legislature to try to limit local restrictions on cellphone towers.

A Senate commerce committee heard testimony Tuesday on five separate bills limiting city regulations on cellphone towers, utility poles and right-of-way rules.

All of the measures were rolled into a single bill that passed last year. But it was struck down last fall by Cole County Circuit Judge Pat Joyce for violating the Missouri Constitution’s single-subject requirement for legislation.

Supporters of the legislation say it’s needed to curtail a patchwork of city regulations that can hinder the expansion of high-speed Internet service.

But cities say it undermines their ability to protect property values through local zoning and land use requirements.
ARKANSAS’ UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DIPS TO 7.4 PERCENT
State officials say Arkansas’ unemployment rate dipped slightly to 7.4 percent in December, thanks to gains in employment and an increase in the state’s labor force.

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services said Tuesday that December’s rate was down one-tenth of a percentage point from November. The agency says five sectors reported job losses in December, with the largest drop coming in leisure and hospitality positions.

But the trade, transportation and utilities sector increased by 1,600 jobs, with most of the hiring happened at retail stores for the holidays.

Arkansas’ unemployment rate remains above the national average of 6.7 percent in December.

 

RIVER RADIO NEWS JANUARY 28, 2014

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AUTHORITIES SEARCHING FOR SUSPECT IN CAPE GIRARDEAU SHOOTING

 

Cape Girardeau authorities are searching for a suspect in connection to the shooting that occurred Sunday night at the Arena building.

 

According to Patrolman Darin Hickey with the Cape Girardeau Police Department, the suspect has been described as possibly being a black male approximately 5’8” 150 pounds, with short dread locks.

 

Authorities believe that the suspect may have escaped in a black car, that later crashed.  The passengers fled from the vehicle.

 

One of the victims was shot in the leg and has been released from the hospital, while another was shot in the chest and is in good condition.

 

 

TWO ARRESTED IN BUTLER COUNTY

 

Two Poplar Bluff residents were arrested last night in Butler County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 36 year old Scotty R. Braden and Yolanda Braden were arrested shortly before 7 pm.

 

Yolanda Braden was arrested on 2 counts of possession of a controlled substance, while Scotty Braden had warrants out of Butler County for unlawful use of a weapon and failure to appear on an original charge of burglary.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGE

 

A Poplar Bluff man was taken into custody Monday evening on a felony drug charge.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 33 year old Andrew C. Hightower was arrested in Butler County on a felony charge of distribution of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.

 

Further details about the arrest were not released.

 

 

INVESTIGATION LEADS TO BONO WOMAN’S ARREST FOR MEDICAID FRAUD

 

An investigation by the Arkansas Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit has led to the arrest of a Bono woman.

 

According to Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, 28 year old Amanda Fielder was taken into custody last week on a felony charge of Medicaid Fraud.

 

Fielder is accused of billing the state’s Medicaid program for services she did not provide.

 

 

THREE RIVERS COLLEGE NAMED ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING COMMUNITY COLLEGES

 

Three Rivers College has been named one of the fastest growing community colleges in America by Community College Week.

 

The periodical ranked Three Rivers as the number one fastest growing institution among colleges with 2,500 to 4,999 students during the period from Fall 2011 to Fall 2012. During that period Three Rivers experienced a 25 percent jump in enrollment.

 

 

MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION MEETING SCHEDULED FOR NEXT MONTH IN KENNETT

 

The Missouri Department of Transportation has scheduled a meeting for next month to discuss improvements to Highway 412.

 

The public meeting will be held from 4:30 pm to 7 pm on Thursday, February 20th at South Elementary in Kennett.

 

The proposed improvements include five-laning Highway 412 from Highway 84 to Route VV, constructing a roundabout at Route VV and four-laning from Route VV to Routes O and Y.

 

 

ARKANSAS ENVIRONMENTAL AGENCY LIFTS BLOCK OF STEEL MILL IN OSCEOLA

 

A state environmental agency has lifted an order that blocked construction of a $1.1 billion steel mill planned for northeast Arkansas.

 

Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality has not yet issued an air quality permit, but the agency on Friday did clear the way for preliminary work to begin at the site in Osceola.

 

The mill was announced last January but construction has been delayed by having to wait for the air quality permit.

 

The Blytheville Courier News reports that Osceola Mayor Dickie Kennemore says the action will allow builders to take soil samples and do other preliminary work.

 

An administrative law judge has tentatively scheduled a February 18th hearing on the appeal for the air permit.

 

The plant is to employ 525 people and pay annual wages of $75,000.

 

 

COMPLAINTS SPURN INVESTIGATION INTO PROPANE PRICES

 

The Missouri attorney general’s office will investigate rising propane prices and a possible shortage of the gas.

 

Attorney General Chris Koster said Monday he has received many complaints of prices topping $5 per gallon. Republican Sen. Mike Parson, of Bolivar, had called on Koster to investigate the issue to make sure companies aren’t price-gouging.

 

The Missouri Propane Gas Association says the rising costs are caused by higher exports and increased domestic demand due to colder weather and large crop yields. Propane is used to heat homes and to dry crops after a harvest.

 

Koster says his office is working with nine other Midwest states in its investigation. Parson introduced a Senate resolution Monday asking the Department of Justice to also investigate the issue.

 

 

VOTER ID LAW BEING CONSIDERED BY MISSOURI SENATE COMMITTEE

 

A Missouri Senate committee is considering legislation to require voters to show photo identification at polling places, amid warnings from the state’s top elections official that 220,000 people would be unable to vote if the bill passed.

 

Secretary of State Jason Kander said Monday that 150,000 registered voters currently don’t have a government-issued ID that would satisfy the measure’s requirements. He says an additional 70,000 voters have expired licenses.

 

Sponsoring Senator Will Kraus told colleagues at Monday’s hearing that the bill is necessary to preserve the integrity of elections. His legislation would not apply to people born before 1941.

 

Previous attempts to require photo identification from voters have been struck down by courts or vetoed by the governor.

RIVER RADIO NEWS JANUARY 27, 2014

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SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK CLAIMS LIFE OF SIKESTON WOMAN

 

A single vehicle wreck early Friday morning claimed the life of a Sikeston woman.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred on County Road 450 in Scott County. A vehicle driven by 26 year old Laurajo McDowell left the road and hit an embankment before striking a tree.

 

McDowell was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.

 

 

JONESBORO MAN KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK

 

A Jonesboro man has died following a single vehicle wreck Saturday in Craighead County.

 

According to the Arkansas State Police, 38 year old Chad B. Davison was killed in the wreck Saturday afternoon. Davison’s vehicle reportedly become airborne after striking a concrete curb and came to rest in the bottom of a ditch.

 

 

IDENTITY RELEASED OF WOMAN KILLED IN HOUSE FIRE

 

The identity of a woman killed in a house fire last week in Jackson has been released.

 

According to authorities, 68 year old Emma Sue Wright died in the fire Thursday morning on Westvale Drive. Wright was the only one of five people who was unable to escape the house.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO ARMED ROBBERY

 

Police in Poplar Bluff have taken a man into custody in connection to an armed robbery.

 

According to KFVS, 27 year old Ryan Aaron McVaugh is a person of interest in an armed robbery that allegedly took place on January 23rd.

 

McVaugh was arrested Friday night.

 

 

NINE ARRESTED AS A PART OF BERNIE DRUG INVESTIGATION

 

Bernie Police say nine people have been taken into custody as a result of an undercover narcotics investigation.

 

Authorities say that five of the people were arrested at a residence following the execution of a search warrant last week. During the search, officers found and seized numerous items used in the distribution of illegal narcotics, including methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and cash.

 

The four other arrests were made with the assistance of the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Office and the Dexter Police Department. Authorities say that the investigation is continuing and more arrests are expected.

 

Those arrested include:

 

24 year old Tiffany Lynn Hayes, of Bernie, is charged with the Class C Felony of Possession of a Controlled Substance.

21 year old Kassandra D. Cavaness, of Bernie, is charged with the Class C Felony of Possession of a controlled substance.

19 year old Vontesha Monique Gray, of Bernie, is charged with the Class C Felony of Possession of a controlled substance.

19 year old Charles Seth Walters, of Bernie, is charged with the Class C Felony of Possession of a controlled substance.

25 year old Tylor D. Williams, of Bernie, is charged with the Class C Felony of Possession of a controlled substance.

21 year old Luster Jordan, of Malden, is charged with the Class B Felony of Distribution of a controlled substance.

30 year old Jameak Steven Townsend, of Malden, is charged with the Class B Felony of Distribution of a controlled substance.

31 year old Kelly Demont Carter, of Malden, is charged with the Class B Felony of Distribution of a controlled substance.

27 year old Marquan Dev Arsha Townsend, of Malden, is charged with the Class B Felony of Distribution of a controlled substance.

 

 

MAN ARRESTED ON SEVERAL CHARGES INCLUDING SEXUAL ASSAULT AND CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

 

A search of a home in Northeast Arkansas on Friday led to the arrest of a man on multiple sex related charges.

 

According to KAIT, 48 year old Morris Hudson Cline Jr. was arrested on charges including computer child pornography, transportation of a minor for prohibited sexual conduct, and six counts of first degree sexual assault.

 

Officers with the Pocahontas Police Department and Randolph County Sheriff’s Department reportedly found a laptop that had underage sexual material on it during the search.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF WOMAN FACING METH CHARGE

 

A Poplar Bluff woman is facing a felony meth charge following her arrest over the weekend.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, 42 year old Jean E. Sherfield is facing felony charges of possession of methamphetamine and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

 

Sherfield was arrested shortly before 2 am Saturday.

 

 

HOLCOMB MAN ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE DRUG CHARGES

 

A Holcomb man is in custody on multiple drug charges.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 63 year old Henry S. Muse was arrested Saturday morning.

 

Muse is facing felony charges of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; possession of a controlled substance, morphine; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

SHOTS FIRED AT ARENA BUILDING IN CAPE GIRARDEAU

 

Cape Girardeau Police are investigating multiple reports of shots being fired Saturday night and Sunday morning.

 

According to the Cape Girardeau Police Department, at around 10:20 pm Saturday night, officers were on scene at the Arena building on Kiwanis Drive, and heard shots fired coming from inside the building.

 

Several people began fleeing from the building and one victim was transported to a local hospital with a gun-shot wound to the chest. At around 10:45 pm officers heard more shots being fired from north of the building, however no victims were located.

 

At around 11:10 pm, officers were dispatched to a local hospital where a subject had walked into the Emergency Room with a gun-shot wound to his leg. The victim stated that he was shot while at the Arena building.

 

At around midnight that night, officers patrolling downtown reported hearing gunshots, as well. A little over an hour later, a woman entered the police department saying that her vehicle had been shot multiple times. No one was injured.

 

The incidents are under investigation.

 

 

SIKESTON MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO DISCHARGING A FIREARM AT A VEHICLE

 

A Sikeston man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison as a part of a plea deal.

 

According to the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, 49 year old Rone Edward Bratcher pled guilty last week to discharging a firearm at a vehicle.

 

The plea deal is in reference to an incident in October where Bratcher allegedly attempted to shoot another man.

 

 

MAN ACQUITTED OF THREE COUNTS OF 1ST DEGREE SEXUAL ASSAULT

 

A man has been found not guilty of sexual assault charges in Northeast Arkansas.

 

27 year old Corey Ray Weatherford was acquitted on Friday on three counts of first degree sexual assault.

 

Weatherford has been taken into custody in 2012.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF CHAMBER WARNING OF COUNTERFEIT $100 BILLS

 

The Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce is warning area businesses of possible counterfeit $100 bills.

 

A member of the chamber reportedly received a five dollar bill that had been bleached and reprinted as a $100 bill.

 

These bills will feel real and mark real since they are printed on washed currency. If you have received counterfeit bills please contact the Poplar Bluff Police Department at 785-5776 or the Butler County Sheriff’s Department at 785-8444.

RIVER RADIO NEWS, JANUARY 24, 2014

 

 

ONE DEAD IN JACKSON HOUSE FIRE

One person is dead following an early morning fire in Jackson yesterday.

According to authorities, the fire broke out at a home on Westvale Drive shortly after 3 o’clock yesterday morning. Officials say five people were in the home at the start of the fire. The victim was the only person unable to escape.

Jackson Fire Chief Jason Mouser says firefighters had a difficult time battling the blaze because of extreme cold and wind.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.
DISPUTE BETWEEN BROTHERS LEADS TO FATAL SHOOTING IN BOLLINGER COUNTY

A disagreement between two brothers in Bollinger County has left one man dead.

Officers with the Bollinger County Sheriff’s Department say they were called to a rural location yesterday morning in reference to a domestic dispute.

Upon arrival, deputies found Jesse Liley with a shotgun shot wound. Jesse Liley was later declared dead by the Bollinger County coroner.

The victim’s brother, Lonnie Liley, was taken into custody at the scene.
POPLAR BLUFF MAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGE

A Poplar Bluff man is facing drug charges following his arrest last night.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 33 year old Andrew C. Hightower was taken into custody shortly before 11 pm last night in Butler County.

Hightower is facing a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine. Other charges include possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving while revoked.
INVESTIGATION ONGOING INTO ATTEMPTED ARMED ROBBERY

Two people in Cape Girardeau were reportedly victims of an attempted armed robbery.

Cape Girardeau police are investigating the incident which occurred just before midnight Wednesday night. According to authorities, a man allegedly approached the victims with a gun on Olive Street and demanded money.

The man eventually fled from the area.
OFFICERS IN SCOTT COUNTY UNDER INVESTIGATION BY DRUG TASK FORCE

An investigation has been started into some area law enforcement officers.

According to the Scott County Signal, Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter confirmed that the Southeast Missouri Drug Task Force, and several other agencies are investigating the officers.

Additional details about the investigation were not released.
NEW STUDY SUGGESTS NEW MADRID FAULT ZONE COULD STILL SPAWN LARGE EARTHQUAKE

A new study published by the journal Science says that The New Madrid Fault Zone is active and could produce a large earthquake in the future.

In the winter of 1811 to 1812 there were four magnitude-7 or greater temblors centered around New Madrid. The study published on Thursday says that modern-day quakes are signs that the faults in the region are still accumulating stress—and sometimes releasing it as fresh rumblings.

USGS scientists have estimated the chance of having an earthquake similar to one of the 1811 to 1812 temblors in the next 50 years is about 7 to 10 percent, and the chance of having a magnitude-6 or larger earthquake in the next 50 years is 25 to 40 percent.

The full report is available online at sciencemag.org.
JUDGE BLOCKS MISSOURI LAW REQUIRING STATE LICENSE TO SERVE AS HEALTH INSURANCE NAVIGATOR

A federal judge on Thursday granted a preliminary injunction against Missouri’s law requiring of a state license to serve as a navigator to help consumers sign up for coverage through the new health insurance marketplace.

A new state law requires insurance counselors to receive at least 30 hours of training and pay a small fee in order to help online shoppers negotiate the federal insurance exchange. Missouri’s Republican-led Legislature opted against setting up a state-run exchange.

The lawsuit filed in November said the requirements conflict with the federal Affordable Care Act.
MISSOURI SENATE TAX CUT PLAN COMES UNDER FIRE FROM GOVERNOR NIXON

Governor Jay Nixon is criticizing an income tax cut plan endorsed by a Missouri Senate committee.

Nixon’s office issued a news release Thursday calling the legislation a “fiscally irresponsible tax experiment.”

The bill endorsed by the Senate Ways and Means Committee would gradually cut the top individual income tax rate from 6 percent to 5 percent. It also would gradually phase in a 50 percent tax deduction on business income reported on individual tax returns.

Republican Senator Will Kraus says his bill is a sensible and responsible way to cut taxes, because the incremental cuts only take effect if state revenues continue to rise by at least $100 million.

The Democratic governor says the legislation could jeopardize funding for schools.
SENATE PANEL HEARS RESOLUTION ON BLOCKING THE SALE OF FUEL CONTAINING 15 PERCENT ETHANOL

Missouri lawmakers are considering whether to permanently block a proposal that could allow more ethanol to be blended into gasoline.

The Senate rules committee held a hearing Thursday on a resolution that would prevent stations from selling fuel containing 15 percent ethanol.

The state Agriculture Department proposed the rule last year allowing E15 gas to be sold. But a legislative panel delayed the proposal in October, citing a 2006 state law that requires a 10 percent ethanol blend. The department says it has legal authority to allow higher concentrations of ethanol.

The House and Senate would likely need to pass the resolution by early March to permanently halt the department’s proposal. That would require Governor Jay Nixon’s approval, but lawmakers have the ability to override a veto.

 

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NAMES RELEASED OF TWO ARRESTED IN STABBING CASE IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

The names of the two people arrested in connection to the stabbing death of an Egypt, Arkansas man have been released.

 

According to authorities, David Nathaniel Ferguson and Elizabeth Agnes McKnatt, are each facing a charge of first degree murder for the stabbing death of Silva Joe Fry. Authorities say robbery was the motive for the killing.

 

 

MAN CONVICTED OF MURDER AND ARSON IN IZARD COUNTY

A jury in Izard County has found a man guilty of first-degree murder for the 2010 death of his wife, and recommended a sentence of life in prison.

 

Donald David Dickey was arrested after his wife, Mary Dickey, was found dead inside her Calico Rock home, which had been burned. The jury on Wednesday also found Dickey guilty of arson and recommended another life sentence.

 

The Baxter Bulletin reports that investigators found Donald Dickey at a marina on Norfork Lake, where first responders were treating him for a foot injury. Officers noticed Dickey had blood on his shoes.

 

Officers also said Dickey’s clothing smelled like motor fuel and that a witness saw Dickey washing his clothes in the lake.

 

Dickey was facing domestic violence charges before the killing.

 

 

IRONTON MAN SENTENCED ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGE

 

An Ironton man has been sentenced to over five years in prison on a child pornography charge.

 

According to the United States Attorney’s Office, 60 year old Michael Floerchinger was sentenced to 65 months in prison, followed by supervised release for life on one felony count of possession of child pornography.

 

Floerchinger had pled guilty to the charge last September.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN SENTENCED ON ASSAULT CHARGE

 

A Poplar Bluff man has been sentenced on an assault charge in connection to an incident from 2012.

 

According to Missouri Case Net, on Tuesday, William Fanter was sentenced to 9 years incarceration on a charge of first degree assault. Fanter had entered an Alford plea to the charge on the 14th.

 

Fanter was taken into custody in June of 2012 following an incident where another man was cut with a box cutter after getting into an argument with Fanter.

 

 

MAN ARRESTED IN CARUTHERSVILLE ON GUN AND DRUG CHARGES

 

A man was taken into custody on Tuesday on gun and drug charges.

 

According to the Caruthersville Police Department, the 31 year old male was arrested during a traffic stop on charges of felon in possession of a firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia, and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

 

The name of the man arrested was not released.

 

 

THREE RIVERS LITERARY JOURNAL WINS NATIONAL AWARDS

 

A journal of poetry, essays, and short fiction submitted by Three Rivers College’s students and staff has won a national award.

 

The journal, titled “Confluence” won first place in the American Scholastic Press Association’s Scholastic Yearbook and Journal Awards for 2013.

 

The journal is published by the college’s English department every year, with a panel of student readers selecting the works to be used from submitted entries.

 

The publication also won an award for best theme.

 

 

US SENATOR’S STAFF TO BE IN CHARLESTON ON MONDAY

 

Staff members of United States Senator Roy Blunt will be in Charleston on January 27th to host a Mobile Office.

 

Mobile Offices are opportunities for Missourians to discuss their questions or concerns with the federal government one-on-one with members of Senator Blunt’s staff.

 

The event will be held from 3 to 4 pm Monday at BANC Services Corporation on North Main in Charleston.

 

 

NEW LEGISLATION WOULD PUT 72 HOUR WAIT BEFORE AN ABORTION

Missouri women would have to wait 72 hours after seeing a doctor before an abortion could be performed under legislation being considered by the House Health Care Policy Committee.

 

The panel heard testimony from supporters Wednesday on how the bill would give women more time to think before terminating a pregnancy. Opponents argued the measure would just be a logistical delay designed to push women further into pregnancy before having an abortion, which can increase risk.

 

Under current law, a woman must wait 24 hours after seeing a doctor before an abortion can take place. Only South Dakota and Utah require 72-hour waiting periods.

 

The committee took no action on the legislation Wednesday.

 

 

GOVERNOR NIXON ASKS LEGISLATURE TO BAR DISCRIMINATION BASED ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION

 

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is asking the state’s Republican-led Legislature to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation.

 

But the measure’s chances of passing are unclear. Some Republicans expressed caution Wednesday and criticized Nixon for championing the proposal while ignoring other policy initiatives.

 

Current state law prohibits discrimination in employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex and disability. Legislation to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation passed the Senate on the last day of session last year, but never received a House vote.

 

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MAN STABBED TO DEATH IN EGYPT, ARKANSAS

 

Two people have been taken into custody in connection to the stabbing death of a man in Egypt, Arkansas.

 

According to authorities, 76 year old Silvia Joe Fry was discovered at a home Monday night with stab wounds. He later died at an area hospital. The identities of the two people arrested have not released.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGE

 

A Poplar Bluff man was arrested late last night on a meth charge.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 22 year old Joesph Sincup was arrested in Butler County on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.

 

Further details about the arrest were not released.

 

 

SENATOR BLUNT’S MOBILE OFFICE TO MAKE STOP IN DEXTER

 

Senator Roy Blunt’s Mobile Office will be making a stop next week in Dexter.

 

Mobile Offices are opportunities for Missourians to discuss their questions or concerns with the federal government one-on-one with members of Senator Blunt’s staff.

 

Staff members will be available in Dexter on Monday, January 27th at the Bootheel Regional Planning Commission. The office is scheduled for 1 to 2 pm.

 

 

SIKESTON JAYCEES DONATE MONEY TO THREE RIVERS EASTERN CAMPUS

 

The Three Rivers Endowment Trust has received a $15,000 donation that will go toward the construction of the Three Rivers College Eastern Campus currently being built in Sikeston.

 

The donation was made by the Sikeston Jaycees. The organization finalized their contribution in December as a donation from its 2013 Rodeo.

 

 

$5000 DONATED TO THE CREATION OF GREENHOUSE FOR AGRICULTURE STUDENTS AT THREE RIVERS

 

Two Butler County residents recently donated $5,000 for the creation of a greenhouse for students of Three Rivers College’s agriculture programs.

 

The money was donated to the Three Rivers Endowment Trust by Gary and Holt Pride, who are each farmers and alumni of Three Rivers College.

 

The contribution will purchase the materials for an 8-foot by 20-foot snap-and-grow aluminum frame greenhouse, which will be used as a training tool for the college’s agriculture students. The greenhouse is also designed to be modular in design, allowing the college or future donors to expand the space as needed.

 

 

GOVERNOR NIXON PROPOSES RAISE FOR STATE GOVERNMENT WORKERS

 

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is proposing to spend $37.1 million to boost wages for state government workers.

 

The governor’s budget proposal was released Tuesday. It calls for increasing state worker wages by 3 percent starting January 1st, 2015.

 

Nixon’s recommendations for the 2015 budget taking effect July 1st  also call for targeted increases for jobs where attracting or retaining employees has been difficult. Those include children’s service workers and nurses at the Fulton State Hospital.

 

Nixon’s budget also would trim a net of 81 state employee positions. The governor’s budget director says cuts would be focused in the Department of Social Services as part of continued downsizing in the family support division.

 

 

FEDERAL GUN LAW NULLIFICATION DEBATED IN MISSOURI SENATE

 

A Missouri Senate panel is taking up legislation that would send federal agents to jail for enforcing federal gun control laws in the state.

 

The measure being heard by the Senate General Laws Committee on Tuesday would declare certain federal gun control policies “null and void.” Agents enforcing them could spend a year in jail, be fined up to $1,000 and face other civil penalties.

 

The bill would also allow designated school personnel to carry concealed weapons in buildings. Another provision would let holders of concealed gun permits carry firearms openly, even in municipalities with ordinances banning open carry.

 

A similar bill passed the Legislature last year, but was vetoed by Governor Jay Nixon.

 

 

NIXON SPENDING PLAN INCLUDES MEDICAID EXPANSION

 

Governor Jay Nixon is proposing to expand the Medicaid health program to cover about 300,000 more Missourians.

 

Nixon released a spending plan Tuesday for the upcoming budget year that includes $1.7 billion in federal funds to expand Medicaid. The expansion would take effect in October.

 

Nixon estimates it would bolster state funds by $94 million.

 

The proposal faces an uphill battle in the Republican-led Legislature, which last year rejected Nixon’s call to expand Medicaid. Republicans said the program should be changed before more people are declared eligible.

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COMMUNITY TO VOTE ON POPLAR BLUFF SCHOOL MEASURE

 

Voters will get a say on the future of the Poplar Bluff School District coming up in April.

 

At the municipal election on Tuesday, April 8th, the voting public will have the opportunity to approve the blueprint designed to address space issues at all school facilities.

 

The plan, which would be completed by fall of 2016, includes moving the Senior High to the current 5th & 6th Grade Center building and moving 4th, 5th, and 6th grades to the current high school, along with other improvements.

 

The $49.6 million in renovations would be paid for with an 80 cents per $100 of assessed valuation operating levy increase through lease purchase financing, raising the ceiling to $3.73.

 

 

HARRISBURG, ARKANSAS MAN CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT

 

A Northeast Arkansas man is facing sexual assault charges in connection to an incident reportedly involving a 13 year old girl.

 

According to KAIT, 46 year old Bart Kennedy has been charged with sexual assault, sexual indecency with a child, and three counts of furnishing alcohol to a minor.

 

Kennedy was taken into custody on Sunday.

 

 

AUTOPSY SHOWS WOMAN FOUND IN CAR DROWNED

 

An autopsy has determined that drowning was the cause of death for a southeast Missouri woman whose body was found in the backseat of a car submerged in the Mississippi River.

 

The Southeast Missourian reports that Cape Girardeau County Coroner John Clifton announced autopsy results on Sunday for 62 year old Autumn D. Vinson of Jackson. Cape Girardeau police said Friday that her body was found inside a Pontiac Bonneville in 5 to 6 feet of water.

 

What led the vehicle to go into the water remains under investigation. Authorities have also not determined how long the car was in the river.

 

A passer-by spotted the antenna and roof of the vehicle Friday morning and contacted police.

 

 

WOMAN ARRESTED IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS ON DRUG CHARGE

 

A woman was arrested last week on drug charges in Jonesboro.

 

According to authorities, Patricia Craig, of Jonesboro, was arrested on charges of possession of crack cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

An officer reportedly discovered a small amount of cocaine in Craig’s purse during a search.

 

 

SENATOR’S STAFF TO HOLD MOBILE OFFICE NEXT WEEK IN POPLAR BLUFF

 

Staff members of Untied States Senator Roy Blunt will be in Poplar Bluff next week to meet with area residents.

 

Blunt’s staff will be hosting a mobile office from 10 am to 11 am on Monday, January 27th at the Mark Twain National Forest Service Office.

 

Mobile Offices are opportunities for Missourians to discuss their questions or concerns with the federal government one-on-one with members of Senator Blunt’s staff.

 

 

WIND AND COOL AIR MOVING INTO SOUTHEAST MISSOURI TODAY

 

It’s shaping up to be a cold week in Southeast Missouri.

 

According to a Special Weather Statement issued by the National Weather Service, outdoor activity is strongly discouraged throughout Southeast Missouri today due to the cold air and strong winds. Temperatures are expected to drop to around 20 degrees today with wind gusts hitting around 33 mph.

 

After a small reprieve Wednesday, temperatures on Thursday are looking to top out at around 20 degrees before falling to 5 degrees Thursday night.

 

 

CONCRETE WORK SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEK IN CARTER COUNTY

 

Drivers in Carter County should expect delays this week if they intend to travel on US 60.

 

Westbound US 60 will be reduced to one lane this week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews continue to perform concrete work.

 

Work is scheduled to take place from 7:30 am to 3 pm daily through Friday, January 24th. The work zone will be located from Route P to Route Y in Carter County.

 

 

MISSOURI AND WISCONSIN REACH RECIPROCITY AGREEMENT FOR CONCEALED WEAPONS

 

Missouri concealed weapons permit holders can now bring their guns with them to Wisconsin.

 

Attorney General Chris Koster announced the two states had reached a reciprocity agreement when it comes to concealed weapons.

 

He says a new law requiring permit holders to undergo national background check upon renewal paved the way for the agreement. The same legislation also changed Missouri’s gun permit to not include a photo of the holder.

 

Thirty-six other states also honor Missouri’s concealed weapons permits. Missouri recognizes gun permits from any state that issues them.

 

 

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TWO PARAGOULD RESIDENTS KILLED IN WEEKEND WRECK

 

Two Paragould residents died over the weekend following a wreck in Greene County.

 

According to the Arkansas State Police, 44 year old Tressia Gail Sisco and 22 year old Sarah Elizabeth Hurst were killed in the wreck Saturday night on US Highway 49.

 

The wreck occurred when the vehicle Sisco was driving reportedly crossed the centerline of Highway 49 and struck Hurst’s vehicle.

 

 

FATALITY REPORTED IN MOTORCYCLE WRECK

 

A Summersville motorcycle driver was killed in a wreck Sunday afternoon.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 26 year old Greg Davis was driving a motorcycle on Highway WW near Summersville in Shannon County, when he crested a hill and hit a vehicle that was backing onto the road from a private drive.

 

Davis was ejected and later pronounced dead at the scene.

 

 

FATHER ARRESTED IN SONS SHOOTING DEATH

 

A Greene County man has been arrested for second-degree murder in the shooting death of his 3 year old son in Fontaine, Arkansas.

 

Sheriff Dan Langston told reporters that 23 year old Michael Jefferson Carter of Fontaine was arrested Friday for the January 11 shooting death of Logan Carter.

 

Langston said Carter is jailed on $1 million bond and has declined to speak with investigators while he seeks an attorney. Carter’s first court appearance is scheduled for Monday.

 

An affidavit filed in the case says Carter and his son were in the living room of the home when a .45-caliber handgun Carter was holding discharged. The bullet struck the boy in the head and he died later at a Paragould hospital.

 

 

AUTHORITIES IDENTIFY BODY FOUND IN SUBMERGED VEHICLE

 

Authorities in Cape Girardeau have identified a body that was discovered last week.

 

According to Patrolman Darin Hickey with the Cape Girardeau Police Department, 62 year old Autumn D. Vinson, of Jackson, was found in a vehicle that was discovered in water near Red Star Boatdock on the Mississippi River on Friday.

 

Hickey says that the incident is still under investigation.

 

 

TWO ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO FRIDAY MORNING SHOOTING

 

Two arrests have been made in connection to a Friday morning shooting in Poplar Bluff.

 

According to the Daily American Republic, the shooting was reported early Friday morning at an area apartment building. The victim was taken to Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center and treated for a gunshot wound in her leg.

 

Two women were arrested in connection to the incident: 45 year old Leshana Marie Griffin and 28 year old Virinda Fae Woods. They were each arrested on suspicion of armed criminal action, first degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon.

 

 

STEELE MAN CHARGED FOR ALLEGEDLY ASSAULTING POLICE OFFICER

 

A Steele man was taken into custody on Friday for allegedly assaulting a police officer.

 

According to Steele Police Chief Billy Joe Stanfield, 33 year old Jason Dale Thorne is charged with assault on a law enforcement officer causing injury, unlawful possession of a firearm, resisting arrest creating substantial risk of serious injury or death and receiving stolen property.

 

Thorne reportedly ran from officers and then struck one in the face following a short foot chase.

 

 

DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR CONSOLIDATED LPN PROGRAM AT THREE RIVERS IN KENNETT

 

The application deadline is rapidly approaching for prospective students looking to enter Three Rivers College’s Licensed Practical Nursing program.

 

Applications are being accepted for the program until February 1st. The LPN program, which was previously offered as two programs at the Career and Technology Centers in Hayti and Kennett, has been consolidated into a single course of study at the college’s Center at Kennett.

 

The program trains students to obtain their LPN license, while also providing a jumping-off point for more advanced nursing education. For more information, call 573-840-9672.

 

 

MISSOURI LAWMAKERS BACK DOWN ON PENALTIES FOR PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES

 

Missouri lawmakers are backing down on a proposal to penalize public universities for failing to meet certain funding and academic goals.

 

Instead, legislation considered by the Senate Education Committee recently would only allow performance standards to be used for year-to-year higher education funding increases.

 

If passed, the plan would be familiar to the state’s four-year public universities. Governor Jay Nixon used the model informally when he gave them a $25 million increase for the current fiscal year.

 

Committee chairman and sponsoring Senator David Pearce, of Warrensburg, says universities should be financially rewarded for achieving performance goals. Under his plan, the universities would work with the Department of Higher Education to develop their own performance criteria.

 

 

ABSENTEE VOTERS HAVE JUST OVER 24 HOURS TO PRESENT ID IF THEY HAVE NOT ALREADY

 

The Craighead County Election Commission is giving dozens of absentee voters who cast their ballots without proof of identification in a special state Senate election extra time to show their ID in order for their votes to be counted under a new law.

 

The commission on Friday voted unanimously to treat ballots submitted without proof of identification the same as those cast in person without photo ID, giving the absentee voters until noon Tuesday to show ID. Tuesday’s election was the first under the new law requiring photo ID in order to vote.

 

The law allows voters without photo ID at the polls to cast a provisional ballot that wouldn’t be counted unless they later show ID. A similar procedure wasn’t spelled out in the law for absentee voters.